West Seattle restaurants: Pecado Bueno to ex-Wing Dome spot

Thanks to Sean for spotting the liquor-license-application posting and sending the tip our way: The nine-months-vacant Wing Dome spot in The Junction at 4523 California SW is slated to become the home of the second Pecado Bueno. The first one opened in Fremont in 2011. According to this PSBJ story, founder James Schmidt was a co-founder of Taco Del Mar. He told PSBJ that he didn’t want to turn Pecado Bueno into a major chain – maybe just five or six places. The concept is described as order-at-the-counter – here’s the menu – with a full bar (which is the type of liquor license that is being sought). This would be the fifth Mexican eatery in The Junction, after Puerto Vallarta, Taqueria Guaymas, Matador, and Pica Border Grill. We have messages out to see what more we can find out, such as timeframe for opening.

6:28 PM UPDATE: Just spoke by phone with owner James Schmidt, who says they could open as soon as August 1st – he’s expecting the “minor” changes they need to the space to be done before then, so the liquor license is what’s likely to be the biggest factor in the time frame. But he also made it clear, it’s a restaurant with a full bar, NOT “another bar.”

Schmidt also says Pecado Bueno is “a Mexican restaurant to some extent, but not to a total extent – you don’t come in and hear mariachi music, it’s more rock ‘n’ roll.”

As a parent of three small children, he is also proud to say it’s “extremely family-friendly … it’s a place where parents can come in and get a great value … and be out of here in 45 minutes or less … I can appreciate that sometimes (with children) you don’t have 45 minutes to eat out.”

He adds that Pecado Bueno is “very casual” and that they have an emphasis on organic/natural ingredients, from organically grown produce to wild seafood: “We believe in good ingredients.”

And in having a patio, which he says was a major attraction to the ex-Wing Dome space.

P.S. Schmidt says Pecado Bueno is big on partnerships with local nonprofits, PTAs, groups like that for dine-out fundraising events, and also adds they’ll be hiring – so keep an eye on their website for more on both of the above.

91 Replies to "West Seattle restaurants: Pecado Bueno to ex-Wing Dome spot"

  • Wes C. Addle June 26, 2013 (5:06 pm)

    Wow that looks like some more boring Mexican fare for the Junction. You forgot to add Taco Del Mar and the Matador to the list of Mexican Junction eateries. At least it will still probably better than Wing Dome was.

  • David June 26, 2013 (5:08 pm)

    Very cool…the one on Fremont Ave is great!

  • JunctionMeg June 26, 2013 (5:09 pm)

    I think it’s the fifth, actually…unless Matador is considered something else?

  • mb June 26, 2013 (5:11 pm)

    MMM!!! Tomatillo sauce, cotija queso, & ceviche? WELCOME to the neighborhood!!! Sounds like some REAL quality mexican food. Tired of leaving Puerto Vallarta sicker than a dog!

  • GW June 26, 2013 (5:12 pm)

    Another Mexican joint? Toss in Matador and even Cactus and Mission… yeesh. This is the last thing we need in West Seattle (IMHO).

  • West Seattle Hipster June 26, 2013 (5:13 pm)

    Can’t we get a good sandwich/sub shop in WS?

  • j June 26, 2013 (5:15 pm)

    Yes! Bring on the $3 margaritas.

  • Curtis June 26, 2013 (5:19 pm)

    and Matador

  • Jessie June 26, 2013 (5:21 pm)

    YAY! I am so excited to read this! I love Pecado Bueno. It’ll be great to have one so close to home

  • Elisa June 26, 2013 (5:25 pm)

    You guys forgot to mention Mission! Also in the junction. But, can you ever have too much good Mexican food?

    • WSB June 26, 2013 (5:25 pm)

      Oh, you mean Matador. Good point. Adding. I sometimes forget about the 21-and-up places since we still have a minor in the house.

  • Ian June 26, 2013 (5:28 pm)

    I went for the first time last week and had a great evening there. I had a beer that tasted great and my friends enjoyed their drinks as well. I did not have any food but that did not stop my friends from offering many suggestions of what I “Just HAD to try.” I will be going back with an empty belly next time for sure. All the food did look and smell great.

    But I do hope that the pizza and Mexican restaurant explosion in the Junction would stop… I would much rather have fewer options of each type of better quality rather than more of worse quality. Lets just say I would not miss Puerto Vallarta…

  • Wes C. Addle June 26, 2013 (5:29 pm)

    Mission is really good(Probably the best of the listed ones), although in the Admiral neighborhood.

    Almost forgot about the Beloved Mexico cart also.

  • DSC June 26, 2013 (5:30 pm)

    Looks great! I’m excited!

  • mookie June 26, 2013 (5:31 pm)

    Cool. Welcome to the neighborhood! Glad to see something going into that space, hopefully in time to take advantage of that back outdoor deck!
    “Sounds like some REAL quality mexican food. Tired of leaving Puerto Vallarta sicker than a dog!”
    Do stop in at Pica Border Grill – very fresh, authentic (owner is from Taumaulipas, Mexico) and house-made sauces and salsas to boot. I for one love that place!

  • MrB June 26, 2013 (5:39 pm)

    Because we needed another Mexican restaurant.

  • West Seattle Hipster June 26, 2013 (5:44 pm)

    Would love to see a Gorditos in WS.

    But Taqueria Guaymas is good also.

  • mb June 26, 2013 (5:45 pm)

    @mookie, where is Pica Border Grill located?

  • Casey June 26, 2013 (5:45 pm)

    When, when, when!!! I LOVE mole (not enough places have it) and I love cheap drinks/happy hour! Matador is delicious but my one complaint is that happy hour prices are just food, not drinks :-(

  • velo_nut June 26, 2013 (5:47 pm)

    Damn you people are harsh.

    Whine whine whine.

    Good luck to the new business.

  • Another Ian June 26, 2013 (5:53 pm)

    It’s true there are a lot of Mexican-themed places, but Pecado Bueno trumps most in quality and value. Puerto Vallarta is horrid. Mission is far enough away that I wouldn’t consider it along with the Junction group. Matador is easy to forget about because of its dark-clubby vibe: great if that’s what you’re looking for, but in most cases I just want a place that doesn’t take itself overly seriously and something that’s a cut above Guaymas, like Pecado Bueno.
    Unfortunately, we won’t get the great patio that the Fremont location boasts.

  • miws June 26, 2013 (6:02 pm)

    mb, Pica is at 4151 California, just north of the Junction.


    Now before you come to the conclusion that I’m smart, and knew that off the top of my head, I have to admit I had to look it up, because the name didn’t ring a bell.


    But, as soon as I saw the address, I had an aha! moment. ;-)



  • Mongo June 26, 2013 (6:03 pm)

    I admire the moxie of anyone who starts a small business, especially a restaurant – it’s a tough business. I hope the owners of Pecado Bueno have great success in their new venture.

    That being said, I think some of the comments reflect the frustration (that I share) in the lack of diversity of style in new restaurants opening in West Seattle. Rather than another Pizza or Mexican restaurant, I’d love to see more styles that aren’t already here. For example, Chopstix at leat brought palatable Chinese food to the neighborhood. I’d jump for joy if a casual French bistro (like Le Pichet or Cafe Presse) opened west of the bridge.

    • WSB June 26, 2013 (6:12 pm)

      Just got a call back from Pecado Bueno’s owner and will have lots more info added to the story within a few minutes – Tracy

  • Bonbon June 26, 2013 (6:10 pm)

    Yes! A place that my family can eat organic sustainable food! You cant even compare this to Mission or Matador .

  • smokeycretin9 June 26, 2013 (6:12 pm)

    Do they serve Merlot? (keeding)

    Welcome, any margarita is a friend of mine.

  • dawsonct June 26, 2013 (6:16 pm)

    For those of you who CONSTANTLY complain about the redundancy in our culinary choices around here, open your own damn place. If it is as good as you’re incessant complaining merits, you should be a raging success.
    Now, as far as Mexican food goes, around here it seems to range from Tex-Mex (Puerto Vallarta) to Cal-Mex (Mission, Matador) to gringo-Mex (Tacos Guyamas, Beloved Mexico). I have not tried Pica yet, but have heard good things about it. Still, it amounts to a brick-and-mortar taco truck from what I can see. I’m not saying that in a negative connotation.
    If this place is willing to be a bit more adventurous and authentic, doable even without turning off the food-phobic, I am certain they would secure their niche.

  • dawsonct June 26, 2013 (6:18 pm)

    Mongo, didn’t the owner of Cafe Presse just open a place on Alki?

  • Kate K June 26, 2013 (6:25 pm)

    Welcome to the neighborhood! Can’t wait to try the mole :)

  • dawsonct June 26, 2013 (6:26 pm)

    Sorry, it was Cassis.

    Any news on that one, WSB?

  • Gene June 26, 2013 (6:53 pm)

    Welcome to WS & good luck!! Hey someone mentioned a good sandwich place– don’t forget Husky Deli- they make awesome sandwiches – I know–not a ton of room inside to eat – but it’s rarely mentioned when the word sandwich comes up.

  • NW June 26, 2013 (6:56 pm)

    Welcome to the neighborhood, I recall when tTqueria

  • Ray West June 26, 2013 (7:01 pm)

    Would really have preferred something different. I agree with those who think we have too many Mexican restaurants. Variety is the spice of life.

  • Trying! June 26, 2013 (7:20 pm)

    Oh boy, another chain. I hope this one is better managed and has employees that care. I think that was one of the biggest problems with Wingdome; chain branch and nobody cared further than their paycheck. Too expensive and mediocre food at best.

  • Ms. Picky June 26, 2013 (7:50 pm)

    SeƱor Picky is from East LA via Ciudad Juarez, and thus is often disappointed in the Northwest version of Mexican food. Not that he’s dinging Seattle: He has (repeatedly) noted bad and/or inauthentic Mexican food is found even in those places where one might expect better, and that regions in Mexico vary widely in dishes and ingredients, so there is no one “true” Mexican cuisine anyway. He focuses instead on freshness of ingredients and the hard-to-pin-down “respect for the region you’re trying to represent.” He is very much looking forward to trying “the latest version of Northwest Mex,” just as Ms. Picky has her eye on the $3 margaritas. Welcome to the nabe, Pecado Bueno!

  • JumboJim June 26, 2013 (7:54 pm)

    I agree with you Ray West, so how about a variety of Mexican places?? Variety IS the spice of life. Even if they’re various Mexican spices…

    Good luck to the new business!

  • NW June 26, 2013 (8:04 pm)

    Welcome James of Pecado Bueno I recall when we had one of our first Mexican restaurants in the Alaska Junction back in the early 90s Taqueria Guaymas have regularily ate there since their opening which like Pecado Bueno was a small chain. Hope they put some local artwork inside like Taqueria Guaymas did when they first opened. They hired Mr.Rivera who lived with his family in a house just south of 7-11 a block away from the restaurant. Next time you are in there take a monument to appreciate his work, he has long past away.

    One last thing and I hope James reads this aswell as other merchants and customers of locals in the junction. A thread on the forum started and got a lot of response about the amount of garbage debris and cigarette busts. Please Pecado Bueno do your part and please sweep and contain any and all litter in front and along the gutter of your store front to make it more inviting to us all here in West Seattle and welcome again.

  • kdbokay June 26, 2013 (8:12 pm)

    Love the vegetarian options – gracias.

  • Ian June 26, 2013 (8:20 pm)

    @Trying! – It isn’t exactly a chain when there is currently only one other restaurant (in Fremont). Two restaurants can’t be considered a chain. Anyway, what would you say if Dick’s Drive In moved in? Depends on the restaurant and its owners. Wing Dome just sucked. Lol

  • L. June 26, 2013 (8:21 pm)

    Matador sucks and Guayamas smells (and tastes) of bathroom cleaner. Sorry but I am excited for Mexican food! Seattle has no good Mexican places (and I know good Mexican food- I moved here from San Diego where there is great mex food!). Can’t wait to try it. Hurry, open!!

  • DSC June 26, 2013 (8:24 pm)

    Ok now I’m super excited about this place- especially the family friendly part!

  • ChefAlex June 26, 2013 (8:25 pm)

    Great, another Mexican restaurant! I don’t understand this!! There are so many different types of cuisines, even Latin cuisines that I think would do great out here. And in my opinion Mexican food is, meh.

  • Laura June 26, 2013 (8:29 pm)

    Looking forward to trying this place out. I’m all for good ingredients and I don’t think we have too many ‘Mexican’ places since the food tastes so different at each of them and yes, some better than others.

    Wishing this place all the best!

  • NW June 26, 2013 (8:39 pm)

    2nd comment now and forgot to mention too pleas for those customers who ,like myself now over 3 years ago, like to smoke a cigarette after dinner please James put a receptacle even a large tin can if anything where responsible smokers can dispose of their cigarettes heavy rains wash them into our local creeks and Puget Sound. Thank you

  • sandy June 26, 2013 (8:39 pm)

    West Seattle Hipster: We do have a great sandwich shop–Husky Deli :)

  • NotMe June 26, 2013 (8:43 pm)

    I am not sure I understand the comments about too many Mexican restaurants. How many of these are actually any good? I just hope this restaurant is above being “just mediocre” like most of them in West Seattle. Ever notice that we only have a small number of restaurants for what, over 100,000 people in the area? Strange….

  • datamuse June 26, 2013 (8:45 pm)

    West Seattle Hipster: what, Husky Deli and those two near 35th and Barton aren’t good enough for you? And then there’s Morningstar Deli…but you’ll have to come east of 35th for that. ;)

  • W June 26, 2013 (8:53 pm)

    seriously. blackboard bistro is French isn’t it? Also the bakery, also the crepe place. I think there are very few places on earth whose cuisine we don’t have in one of the junctions or alki – maybe Africa, Russia. literally everything else worth having from Middle Eastern to Japanese to Indian, to Greek, to American, to Vietnamese, to Italian, to Hawaiian…etc. we seem to have.

  • AJP June 26, 2013 (8:53 pm)

    Best Mexican food in the city is in Ballard at a place that is strangely named Senor Moose. Seriously. The best. La mejor.

  • Tuesday June 26, 2013 (9:11 pm)

    Excited to hear it. I look forward to eating at Pecada Bueno! I hope they were able to deal with that exceptionally weird smell at the front door of the old wing dome. It was traumatizing at the very least and kept me from both restaurants that used that entrance!

  • JayDee June 26, 2013 (9:19 pm)

    Pecado Bueno translates on Google as “Good to Sin” (which is the only meaning that makes sense.) Please correct if this is wrong/incorrect.

    • WSB June 26, 2013 (9:50 pm)

      JayDee – their slogan, on the web pages I checked out after learning of this today, seems to be “Sin well” – so that makes sense.

  • Mark S. June 26, 2013 (9:32 pm)

    I don’t mind another Mexican place, but another family friendly place I can live without.

    Can’t please everybody, just be glad you live in a neighborhood that has more than enough to go around, and within walking distance for a lot of us.

    That said I miss Ama Ama :)

  • Stephen M June 26, 2013 (9:33 pm)

    Bring it on! I’m not happy with any of the current choices in the junction. Beloved Mexico over on Fauntleroy is our go-to place but the menu’s limited and they don’t always honor their posted hours. A place that has reasonably priced, good Mexican with a full bar?! And is open until 11:00?! There’s room for that in our burg.

  • Westgirl June 26, 2013 (9:43 pm)

    Yumm!! Can’t wait to try it. I also reccomend Pica, their Torta sandwich with pork is amazing!!

  • Amanda June 26, 2013 (9:59 pm)

    Ms. Picky – What does Senor Picky think of places in White Center and Burien? We love the food down south here in the WC! So if you are sick of Matador and Cactus and even Mission – try La Fondita or La Estacion in Burien. Awesome food.

  • Cashmere June 26, 2013 (10:06 pm)

    While they’re at it, get rid of Be’s and put in a jimmy johns! Who goes to Be’s? Honestly? How do they pay rent?!

  • WS4Life June 26, 2013 (10:15 pm)

    Darn, I was hoping for another Trader Joe’s… Maybe next time!

  • WTF June 26, 2013 (10:37 pm)

    Tell me it’s GOOD Mexican food! Please.
    Matador and Mission cater to a different clientele; not the same market. No comparison. Cactus is not Mexican food.
    Finally someone giving Puerto Vallarta and Guaymas a run for their money.

    Time and taste will tell. Good luck guys!!! :)

  • Andrew Pattalochi June 26, 2013 (10:37 pm)

    @trying, please think about the hearts of people before you take a dagger to it. My staff and I did care very much and I resent that statement. Anyone that knew us would know how much we gave back to the community in the two short years we were open. If anyone here did not care for the Wingdome, I understand. At the same time please have some tact and stop pouring salt in our wound. It broke our hearts to close. I wish the new place the best of luck.

  • ttt June 26, 2013 (11:06 pm)

    we may have a lot of mexican restaurants but only 2 of them are good (Mission and Beloved Mexico food truck). If this one is in the good category then fabulous!!! I love GOOD mexican food!

  • celeste17 June 26, 2013 (11:35 pm)

    Wish we could get a good Jewish Deli/Restaurant.

  • Danny Del Rio June 26, 2013 (11:43 pm)

    I agree with Amanda. La Estacion in Burien is good for being in the Seattle area.

  • JC June 26, 2013 (11:59 pm)

    Here is the kicker, none of the restaurants mentioned above (can’t speak for Pica) are Mexican food. Just Americanized versions with Spanish names. I just tried Pecado a week ago in Fremont and the ceviche was incredibly disappointing, hopefully they put some love into the food.

  • JC June 27, 2013 (12:02 am)

    JayDee, ‘Pecado Bueno’ is grammatically incorrect, so there’s really no translation.

  • villagegreen June 27, 2013 (12:51 am)

    Ha! I just ate at the one in Fremont a couple of weeks ago. Passable Mexican at best. A notch above Taco Del Mar and well below Matador (not that Matador is even that good). Their gimmick is more about the atmosphere. Definitely a ‘fun’ party place that will make good use of the patio in back. Damn, I wish someone would open a casual tapas place or French bistro. Why do Ballard and Capitol Hill get all the interesting places?

  • Ray West June 27, 2013 (4:57 am)

    After checking out their online menu, I am very unimpressed and it seems pretty basic. I’ll stick to Mission, Cactus, and Matador. I really don’t understand why every new restaurant is pizza, Mexican, or Asian. Of course, when something like Pan Africa comes along, they also fail. There must be room in West Seattle for something that is truly different but can succeed. I’d love to see an East European cafe, affordable French (apart from crepes) or even more regional American — New Orleans, anyone? Personally, I think this place may not be long-lived in West Seattle. Let’s just hope it’s not replaced with pizza or teriyaki.

  • Trying! June 27, 2013 (7:27 am)

    Ian, yes I definitely will give Pecado Bueno a chance! Andrew, I apologize. THe staff is not to blame and I’m sure they worked extremely hard at their jobs. Our Genesee Neighborhood group went to Wingdome to check it out for future meetings. We were very disappointed in the food. It was expensive for what it was, and everything seemed reheated and/or previously frozen. This is frequently the problem with chain restaurants. West Seattle diners seem to be very sensitive to food quality and any place with this kind of fare will not last long, Not the staff’s fault.

  • WhyChange June 27, 2013 (7:41 am)

    Why do Ballard and Capital Hill get the “interesting” places? OMG! You hit right to the heart of the “whining” on here. Those two locations get interesting places BECAUSE they have the population density and demographics to support a variety of odd (sometimes nitch) restaurants. But most of the comments on here are about how every attempt to build something will cause too many people to move here or make us “more like Ballard”. Folks don’t seem to want that. ;-)

  • Brewmeister June 27, 2013 (7:55 am)

    What ever happened to the Mexican place that was supposed to take over the old Brickyard BBQ location?

  • FoodE June 27, 2013 (8:23 am)

    Exciting news! I would worry about all the whining if every mexcian joint in West Seattle wasn’t bustling every night BUT, they are. There is obviously a need for it, people eat Mexican on a pretty regular basis and geez, wouldn’t you all rather have a restaurant that has proven success in our neighborhood then an empty space to be filled with god knows what? Be supportive of your hood and if you absolutely cannot and you also have such great ideas about what Seatte needs, might be time to start a business of your own.

  • SlickG June 27, 2013 (8:26 am)

    I often wonder if people that eat out so much and are such “foodies” can even make a decent grilled cheese. Listen to yourselves!

  • Rodriguez June 27, 2013 (8:36 am)

    Yay! Welcome to West Seattle. Please serve yummy food and don’t disappoint, andI’ll come back again and again. Guaymas and Matador suck!

  • Heather June 27, 2013 (8:57 am)

    Clearly we should all just meet at this place, sit on the patio, drink a few margaritas, talk about what we’d like to see in WS and places we love as we eat tasty food.

  • Ms. Picky June 27, 2013 (9:06 am)

    @Amanda: Thank you for the tip on La Fondita and La Estacion–we will try them! One of Senor Picky’s (and my) fave places is the school bus in WC. Mmmm, mulitos! The Pickys also agree with AJP about Senor Moose. :-)

  • squareeyes June 27, 2013 (9:07 am)

    @W – Blackboard Bistro isn’t French. They seem to draw influences from many cuisines but the focus is very much on local, fresh, inventive, and unexpected, and they grow many of the ingredients themselves. Truly the very best restaurant in West Seattle, and one of the best restaurants in all of Seattle.

  • West Seattle since 1979 June 27, 2013 (9:20 am)

    @WhyChange – This!

  • LC June 27, 2013 (9:23 am)

    I liked Wingdome and always had a great experience there, with friendly staff who would throw in a free beer every now and then. We loved going to watch football and have spicy wings after a crisp walk in the fall. We were bummed to see it go.

    I can’t say we need another Mexican eatery in the Junction, but we look forward to somewhere that has fresh ingredients and choices that aren’t currently available elsewhere within walking distance. On a side note, my husband and I go down to Burien for tacos at Taqueria El Rinconsito on Aumbaum. It doesn’t look pretty, but has seriously addicting tacos…

  • Kayleigh June 27, 2013 (9:55 am)

    I think Seattle in general does Mexican food pretty poorly, and I’m baffled as to why. Too many mediocre Thai and pho houses taking up space, maybe? But for spicy Southwestern-y stuff, we love Cactus and the Santa Fe Cafe. We’ll give Bueno a try.

  • Jeff June 27, 2013 (10:37 am)

    Guaymas in white center is better than Guaymas in the junction, but I like them both fine really. Looking forward to trying the new place.

  • Dan June 27, 2013 (10:59 am)

    So Seattle has no good Mexican places, but you can’t wait for a second location of an existing Mexican place to open.
    Wow, just……. wow.

  • datamuse June 27, 2013 (11:00 am)

    I can’t cook worth a damn, SlickG, that’s why I eat out!
    The best tacos are at the truck at 15th and 100th in White Center. Il Paisano on 15th is a close second. Nothing in the Junction remotely compares.

  • Traci June 27, 2013 (1:14 pm)

    I could eat Mexican food all day every day, seriously. Even if it’s not authentic, I love it all. This place sounds awesome and I’ll be happy to have another option! Welcome and good luck!

  • namo June 27, 2013 (1:24 pm)

    Si senor!!!tengo hambre! 7 mares soupa por favor..?
    I guess 99% of us love Mexican!

  • higgins June 27, 2013 (1:24 pm)

    Yay! I love their squash quesadillas.

  • West Seattle Hipster June 27, 2013 (5:05 pm)

    As long as it is kid friendly, I will give it a try.

  • West Seattle Since 1979 June 27, 2013 (6:01 pm)

    I also wanted to say, we already do have interesting places here! But more will come with more density.

  • Spana June 27, 2013 (10:10 pm)

    I love Pecado Bueno! I work near the one in Fremont and my wife and toddler go there often. Great happy hour, fantastic $3 margaritas and a nice, laid back atmosphere. Every staff member I’ve ever encountered was super nice in a real way. They’ve got a great patio on Fremont with a fire pit for the colder days. Can’t wait to have one in my ‘hood!

  • Jack June 29, 2013 (1:04 pm)

    So looking forward to this! Love Guyamas but no Margaritas, P. Vallarta always makes me ill afterwards, Matador is great but no kids, Pico is to go only right (?).
    If I remember the WIngdome did have a patio so assuming there still will be one here?

    Welcome to West Seattle!

    • WSB June 29, 2013 (1:24 pm)

      Yes, the patio’s mentioned in the story. A big part of why that particular spot appeals to them, I got the impression. – TR

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